Wednesday, October 1, 2014

MY LITTLE PONY Fair 2015 Gallops to Chicago!

I'm excited to announce that the 12th annual MY LITTLE PONY Fair and Convention will be held in Chicago, Illinois on June 27th and 28th! In addition to our regular weekend festivities, we will once again be hosting the Celebration Dinner and Hall of Fame Ceremony on Friday night (June 26th) so if you'd like to attend the dinner, make sure to plan your travel arrangements accordingly.

For those who are wanting to book their airfare right this minute instead of waiting until the hotel details are released, I can share with you that the Chicago O'Hare airport will be the closest option for you to fly into to. I think everyone will be very happy with this year's venue and as soon as we get the reservation link from the property, we will share the venue and you can begin to book your rooms.

I love that so many of you were right on with your guesses for the location especially after I posted this picture as a hint:
 
 
Although, I thought it was hilarious that some were really trying to make the hint harder than it was. I had people looking up wind statistics of cities in the US and coming up with some remote places that I've never heard of before.

I'm already excited about this year's possibilities! We've already gotten attendance confirmation from a very special guest that you will not want to miss (especially if you are a fan of a certain cartoon that stars our favorite PONY friends!) and we are working on SO many other awesome things! I can't wait to share them with you all. I'm also working on a much needed website overhaul that will hopefully go live before the first of the year.

Here's the official announcement for the Fair location in case you missed it on the Fair Facebook page:
"Mark Your Calendars! The 2015 MY LITTLE PONY Fair will take place on June 27th and 28th in Chicago, IL! Additional information, including hotel booking details, will be posted in the coming weeks. Looking forward to seeing you at this year's event!

For details on this awesome event celebrating all things MY LITTLE PONY visit the official website:
www.mylittleponycon.com

Monday, September 8, 2014

On the Horizon: Pony Fair 2015

   I just returned from a weekend trip to tour a potential 2015 Fair site. I was very impressed by both the location, amenities offered, and the friendliness and excitement of the staff about the possibility of hosting our event. I put in a call earlier this morning to the local business licensing office to get the details for their licensing process. After the hoops I had to jump through last year in Franklin, Tennessee, I want to be sure that the process is straightforward. The run around that I had to deal with last year was exhausting.

For those who may be anxiously awaiting the location announcement, here is a hint:


Anyway, I'm very excited about this location and I really hope that it works out on all fronts. Mary and I had some terrific meals and some great buys from our impromptu shopping trip to the local outlet mall. Overall, I think our visit was a success! The Fair has grown so much in the past few years and it requires me to start planning for the next year earlier and earlier. While I love having a break to sit back relax, and reflect on what can make the next event even better, it is nice to hit the ground running and get things organized early instead of rushing around.

Here's to successful 2015 Pony Fair planning!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Do You Know Why G1 Ponies Have Tail Washers? I Do!!


One of the perks of running the Fair is the ability to be able to have lots of Pony conversations with the Guests of Honor. It is crazy the little tidbits about Pony that both Bonnie Zacherle and Liz Knight have shared during our conversations. One such fact was why the G1s have tail washers.


 According to Liz (and Bonnie confirmed this), when they first made the original 6 Ponies(Cotton Candy, Minty, etc.) they noticed that they kept falling over on their faces because their heads were too heavy and the Ponies weren't balanced. To solve this issue, someone in the office suggested putting a weight on the inside of the pony near the Pony's back legs so it would stand upright without falling on its nose. The end solution was the tail washer, which was also incorporated into how the hair was installed to make it appear fuller (so the tail washer ended up pulling double duty of the first six ponies!)
I thought this was a pretty neat little Pony fact. :)
* I found this photo that illustrated perfectly what a tail washer is and its location in a pony on Sail-Away's Harbor. There was also a step by step tutorial for removing a pony's head and tail, but thankfully not how to dissect a Pony into halves. :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

MLP Fair 2015 Planning Survey Available Now!

Help us plan the 2015 MY LITTLE PONY Fair event! Let your voice be heard. Please take our 2015 planning survey to help us decide where and when our 2015 event will take place!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NMM7RRH

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Where I've Been, What I'm Doing, and Where I'm Going

I'm finally caught up on orders for the MY LITTLE PONY Fair Online Store. This year, I tried a different selling platform, Ecwid, and I'm pretty happy with it so far. It makes orders much more organized (which I'm all for!) FYI- If you need a 2014 MLP Fair Logo Pin, go order one now since they are almost completely sold out.


My garage is still a disaster and it kind of looks like the Fair exploded in it. There are tubs strewn all about because I refuse to put everything back into storage until it is packaged correctly. Otherwise, it will make more work for me in the spring when I drag it all out again to get it ready for the 2015 event.

Speaking of the 2015 MLP Fair, I have no clue where it will be. I keep getting emails asking me if I can secretly share next year's location. The trouble is, I don't even know where we'll be setting up yet. I'm sending out some preliminary requests for proposals this week, and I might get an awesome offer that I just can't refuse. Or, the hunt will continue for the best venue for the best price because honestly folks, it all comes down to the money.

In addition to sending out my Fair RFPs this week, I will officially get back to work on my MLP Euro guide for the MY LITTLE PONY Collector's Inventory Series. It has been pushed back for far too long. I also will be working on the newest G4 guide piecemeal as well, but since we don't have a hard and fast deadline for that project, I'll be focusing on the Euro guide.

As far as events are concerned, I believe I will be attending the Michigan MY LITTLE PONY event at the end of September and I may also be going to the Lexington, Kentucky event in early September if there is enough interest to get that off the ground. I'm a bit bummed that the Cincinnati event isn't on the calendar this year, but it seems like the organizers needed a break and just didn't have the time or energy to get it up and going this year. I can definitely relate to that feeling.

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in and give some updates on what's been happening and what's to come.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hasbro Selling My Little Pony 3-D "Fan Art"

Hasbro has announced that they will collaborate with 3-D printing company, Shapeways, to sell mass produced MY LITTLE PONY custom ponies/artwork. So, I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, I'm excited that there will be the opportunity for fans to have characters that otherwise, may never be available. On the other hand, it makes for a collector nightmare. Do I consider these "official" releases since they have to be approved by Hasbro?



It seems like a cool idea, but is this just the toy equivalent of We Love Fine?

Here's the link to the New York Times article that gives all the details of this new business venture: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/21/business/hasbro-selling-my-little-pony-fan-art.html?_r=2

MY LITTLE PONY Fair 2014 Costume Contest!

The 2014 MY LITTLE PONY Fair has ended and was a great success with record breaking attendance! I couldn't be more pleased with how everything came together after putting so much work into the event. There were so many great moments at this year's event and hopefully, I'll be blogging more frequently to document them all.

First off, Crumlic Media posted a video of the MY LITTLE PONY Costume Parade and Contest that really showcases all of the amazing costumes that people created this year. I mean, WOW! The costumes this year were unparalleled.